Ho is again target of recall

KIMBERLY HO is the District 3 Councilmember.

One more time. Perhaps.

For the second time in two years, Westminster City Councilmember Kimberly Ho faces the possibility of being recalled from her office.

On Wednesday, the Westminster City Clerk’s office received a notice of intent to circulate a petition for a recall election aimed at her. She is the councilmember representing District 3, which is located generally in the central part of the city, straddling Beach Boulevard.

Ho was among three councilmembers who prevailed in a recall election in April 2020. Voters rejected the removal from office of Mayor Tri Ta and councilmembers Chi Charlie Nguyen and Ho by tallies of 57 to 59 percent against.

During that time, Ho was part of the council majority with Nguyen and Ta; this time she consistently votes with Councilmembers Carlos Manzo and Tai Do. She prefers to think of herself as “independent,” as she said at Wednesday’s council meeting, in announcing that she would not support an attempt to remove Nguyen from his position as vice mayor.

According to City Clerk Christine Cordon, to force an election backers of the recall have 120 days to gather signatures of 20 percent of the 13,271 registered voters from District 3. That works out to 2,654 people.  Typically, because of duplications or people who sign a petition who are either not registered to vote or who was not in the district, signature collectors seek to acquire more than the minimum.

The 120-day period would give recall organizers until the end of November to collect their signatures, which must then be verified.

Ho has been the target of some in the Vietnamese community for allegedly “switching sides” on the council. The controversy over the proposed Quang Tri monument has been particularly heated.

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